There are many applications to securely erase data from Windows PCs. There are also tools like Partition Wizard Bootable CD/USB to partition and remove data from non-bootable PCs.
While it is always possible to use third-party tools to securely erase data before handing over a PC for repair or sale, there is an official tool to securely erase data from Microsoft Surface devices.
Microsoft Surface Data Eraser
Microsoft Surface Data Eraser is a free tool from Microsoft to help Surface users safely delete data without starting the Windows operating system. The tool is useful when your Surface won’t start and you want to send it in for repair. Surface Data Eraser can be used on Surfaces running Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 7.
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Basically, Microsoft Surface Data Eraser is designed to boot from USB so that users can delete data even when the Surface is not bootable. And before I tell you how to create a bootable USB from the Microsoft Surface Eraser tool, keep in mind that the tool does not work with third-party devices. That being said, the Surface Eraser bootable USB can be prepared on any Windows PC.
Microsoft Surface Data Eraser is only compatible with the following device.
# surface book
# Surface Pro 4
# Surface Pro 3
# Surface 3
# Surface 3 LTE
# Surface Pro 2
Prepare the Surface Eraser bootable USB
Step 1: Visit This Microsoft page to download the Surface Data Eraser installer. The download size is approximately 360 MB. After downloading, run the installation file and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
NOTE: The download page also lists other tools for the Surface device. After clicking the Download button, a page will appear where you can select the tool you want to download.
Step 2: Connect a USB flash drive that you want to use as a bootable USB to delete data from your Surface device.
Step 3: Type Microsoft Surface Data Eraser in the Start menu search box, then press the Enter key to launch the tool.
Step 4: Click the Generate button.
If you are using a USB 2.0 device, you may see the following screen with the message “We recommend using a USB 3.0 key with at least 4 GB of space.”
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The USB 2.0 drive works perfectly. Just click the Start button.
Step 5: The meter automatically displays the USB drive. Select the USB drive by clicking the radio button next to it, then click the Start button to start preparing the Surface Data Eraser bootable USB.
Bootable USB will be ready in less than 5 minutes on most modern PCs. On our PC, it took less than 2 minutes. Once the bootable USB is ready, you will see the “Success” message.
Using Microsoft Surface Data Eraser
Step 1: Connect the bootable USB containing Surface Data Eraser to your Surface device.
Step 2: Next, you need to prepare your Surface device to boot from USB. Here’s how to do it.
1. Turn off your Surface.
2. Press and hold the volume up button.
3. Press and release the power button.
4. Release the volume up button.
Step 3: Turn on your Surface device and boot from the bootable USB connected to it.
Step 4: When the license screen appears, click OK to continue.
Step 5: Finally, you need to press the “S” key to clear the data. When the confirmation screen appears, confirm it by pressing the “Y” key.